Driving Aphrodite Review

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Greek-American Georgia becomes a tour guide in Athens and finds herself surrounded by clueless tourists.


Nia Vardalos’ Greek-American Georgia returns to her roots as a down-on-her-luck Athens tour guide, lurching from one disaster to the next as she shepherds a motley crew of Australians, kleptomaniac octogenarians and brash Yanks from one Athenian antiquity to the next.

Be prepared to squirm at the clumsy stereotypes (Aussies? Cans of Fosters at the ready!), gay jokes and clunky set-pieces, yet Driving Aphrodite somehow manages to retain enough sweetness and heart to get by. Just. This is mainly thanks to Vardalos’ warm performance, while it’s a pleasure to see Richard Dreyfuss back on the screen as kindly if irritating widower Irv.

Nia Vardalos is as charming and watchable as ever but this is cliche ridden fluff.